Brain/Mood Health

Negative Correlation Found Between Alpha, Beta Carotene and Parkinson's Disease

25 May 2017 --- A new study has shown that serum alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lycopene may contribute to increased risk and progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). According to the authors, the study's findings support the notion that carotenes play an important role in the pathogenesis and progression of PD. Serum levels of antioxidants such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, retinol, alpha- and gamma-tocopherol, lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin were measured and compared between 104 patients with idiopathic PD (Early PD: Hoehn and Yahr stage I and II, N = 47; and Advanced PD: Hoehn and Yahr stage III and IV, N = 57) and 52 healthy controls matched for age and gender. 

Neuroimaging Highlights Role of Omega 3 in Preventing Cognitive Decline

22 May 2017 --- Research involving neuroimaging has shown that people with higher omega 3 levels have increased blood flow in regions of the brain associated with memory and learning, according to a report in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. With the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) expected to triple in the coming decades, interest in dietary approaches for the prevention of cognitive decline has increased. In particular, the omega 3 fatty acids have shown anti-amyloid, anti-tau and anti-inflammatory actions in the brains of animals. 

Cognitive Health: Standout Trend at Vitafoods 2017

16 May 2017 --- Products aimed at improving brain health and cognitive functions played a starring role at Vitafoods Europe last week. According to data provided by Innova Market Insights, brain health launches are predominantly being found in the supplements category. From 2012 to 2016, the number increased by 20% in Europe, accounting for 21% of supplements launches in 2016. The number of food launches with a brain health claim remains limited, however, with a relatively modest growth of +5% from 2015 to 2016. 

Evonik Study Points to Benefits of Anthocyanins For Cognitive Health

08 May 2017 --- Anthocyanins may benefit cognitive health, according to studies conducted by Evonik and Professor Dag Aarsland, a specialist in dementia and dementia research at King’s College in London. Anthocyanins are naturally occurring antioxidants predominantly found in blue, purple, red or bluish-black fruits and vegetables. Evonik produces a proprietary anthocyanin-rich extract from wild Scandinavian bilberries and blackcurrants from New Zealand. The extract, marketed as an ingredient for functional foods under the name Healthberry, is also used in MEDOX, a highly successful nutritional supplement available in Norway.

Taiyo’s Suntheanine Receives Non-GMO Project Verification

01 May 2017 --- Taiyo has announced that its patented, 100 percent pure L-isomer-theanine, has been Non-GMO Project Verified. This Non-GMO Project Verification validates the product’s quality and its compliance with rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination. “There is a significant and growing consumer demand for non-GMO ingredients. Taiyo is proud to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification, because this is North America’s most trusted and recognized seal for GMO avoidance,” says Scott Smith, Vice President of Taiyo International.

Making Gut Bacteria Healthier with Brain Stimulation Could Aid Weight Loss

04 Apr 2017 --- A new study has found that a noninvasive electromagnetic brain stimulation technique could help obese people to lose weight, partly by changing the composition of their gut microbiota.

New Prospect for Prebiotics Sector: Study Says They Improve Sleep and Reduce Stress

27 Feb 2017 --- A new study by University of Colorado Boulder has shown that prebiotics can improve sleep and buffer the physiological impacts of stress. The animal study shows how REM sleep was improved when taking dietary prebiotics, a result that may open new doors for the prebiotic industry in the future.

Excess Glucose Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

27 Feb 2017 --- A molecular link between the blood sugar glucose and Alzheimer's disease has been established by scientists, who have shown that excess glucose damages a vital enzyme involved with inflammation response to the early stages of Alzheimer's.

B Vitamins Can Reduce Schizophrenia Symptoms

16 Feb 2017 --- A review of worldwide studies has found that add-on treatment with high-dose b-vitamins - including B6, B8 and B12 - can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard treatments alone.

Gut Microbiota Could Play a Role in Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

13 Feb 2017 --- New research from Lund University in Sweden has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer's disease. The researchers behind the study say that the results open up the door to new opportunities for preventing and treating the disease.

Taking Prebiotics Could Help People Cope Better with Stress

13 Feb 2017 --- New research has indicated that by taking prebiotics, consumers may be able to cope better with stressful life events. According to a new study published in the online journal, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, regular intake of prebiotics may promote beneficial gut bacteria and recovery of normal sleep patterns after a stressful episode.

Grapes May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

06 Feb 2017 --- New research has shown that consuming grapes twice a day for six months protected against significant metabolic decline in Alzheimer-related areas of the brain in a study of people with early memory decline. Low metabolic activity in these areas of the brain is a hallmark of early stage Alzheimer's disease.

Enzymotec Improves K•REAL By Going TMAO-Free

18 Jan 2017 --- Krill Oil supplier, Enzymotec has unveiled an improved grade of its K•REAL krill oil, which they state is guaranteed to be “T-free”, and offers enhanced levels of freshness.

High Cholesterol Intake Does Not Increase Risk of Memory Disorders

09 Jan 2017 --- A relatively high intake of dietary cholesterol, or eating one egg every day, are not associated with an elevated risk of dementia or Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.?

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Chronic Headaches

04 Jan 2017 --- A lack of vitamin D in the diet may increase the risk of developing a chronic headache, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland, published in Scientific Reports.

Sensory Stimulation Could Delay Taste and Smell Function Decline

22 Nov 2016 --- Stimulation of sensory perception could delay the decline in sensory function in elderly people with Alzheimer's disease, such as taste and smell, according to the results of European GYMSEN Project. 

Omega-3 Stimulates “Healthy” Brown Adipose Tissue

22 Nov 2016 --- Omega-3 fatty acids are able to stimulate the activation of brown and beige adipose tissues, according to research published in the journal Nature Communications. The researchers hope the new discovery could promote the development of new therapies for obesity and other metabolism diseases.

Common Probiotics Could Reduce Stress and Anxiety

22 Nov 2016 --- A common probiotic sold in supplements and yogurt can decrease stress-related behavior and anxiety, according to a new animal study on zebrafish from the University of Missouri. The results were published in Scientific Reports, a journal of Nature.

Scientists Explore Nutrition’s Impact on Mental Health

17 Nov 2016 --- Researchers are taking a closer look into what role nutrition plays in mental health, in a series of 5 papers published in the Clinical Psychological Science. Each paper highlights a different approach researchers are taking to understand the many ways in which nutrition and mental health intersect.

Astaxanthin Linked to Protecting Against Fatigue

07 Nov 2016 --- AstaReal astaxanthin has been proven to simultaneously protect against both mental and physical fatigue, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Therapeutics & Medicines.